Good business management skills are vital in the beef cattle industry. Tips on applying RFID tags, performing a beef quality audit, pricing meat cuts, conditioning cattle for market and understanding beef carcass yields and losses during processing.
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Discover the endless possibilities awaiting you once you finish Navigating the USDA Cost-Share Quagmire.
In this day-long course, beef cattle producers will learn how to optimize the use of forages on their farms.
In this introductory course, individuals interested in beginning a beef enterprise will be introduced to a variety of topics.
The Penn State Extension livestock team will offer the same beef producer seminar in three locations. Topics will include how to read and understand performance data on bulls and marketing feeder calves.
By Tara L. Felix, Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., David Hartman Length9:50
Grass-fed beef production in the United States is on the rise. However, there are important management and forage quality factors that must be consider.
This report summarizes the calf-fed holstein demonstration comparing growth performance and economic data of implanted and non-implanted cattle by the PA Beef producers working group in 2017.
Data from the 2016 audit add tremendously to the core knowledge on guideposts and measurements to help determine quality conformance of the U.S. beef supply.
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Partial budgeting is a tool that helps farm managers assess the possible financial impact of a change in resources, such as purchasing new equipment.
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This online course about raising beef cattle covers breeds, establishing facilities, nutrition and reproduction, and marketing and finances.
This report summarizes the calf-fed hosltein feeding demonstration complete with growth performance and economic data by the PA Beef Producers Working Group in 2016.
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By Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler, Robert C. Goodling, Jr.
CropCents is a mobile app that calculates actual costs to produce home raised feeds for crop, dairy, and beef producers.
What a bargain! The price looks great, but are you really getting a bargain?
By Jonathan A. Campbell, Ph.D.
Understanding the factors involved in estimating the amount of beef derived from the live animal will assist cattle producers who directly market their beef.
Pricing meat for direct-to-consumer sales.
Reproduction is the most influential factor contributing to the profitability of a cow calf producer.
By Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., H. Louis Moore, Ph.D., John W. Comerford
The beef cow-calf business is well adapted to small-scale and part-time farmers who have land suitable for pasture and hay production.
By Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., John W. Comerford
Beef cattle feeding is possible on small and part-time farms, but the cost of feeding drops significantly as the size of the operation increases.
By Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., H. Louis Moore, Ph.D., John W. Comerford Length4:40
Producer video describing the benefits, challenges, and marketing opportunities of a cow-calf operation.
For those with the facilities, feedstuffs, and management expertise, custom feeding cattle is an excellent risk management tool.
The key to successful management in a cow herd is being able to plan health, feeding, and marketing programs that will be effective and efficient.
Retaining ownership of feeder cattle beyond the traditional time of sale at or near weaning is an option some cow-calf producers may consider.
By Daniel M. Kniffen, John W. Comerford
This article discusses the decision-making process in buying a bull.
Proper management of animal mortalities on the farm has important implications in nutrient management, herd health, as well as farm family and public health.
By Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime
Backgrounding is a beef production system that involves maximal use of pasture and forages from the time calves are weaned until they are placed in a feedlot.
By Tara L. Felix, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., John W. Comerford
Production of high-quality dairy-beef is relatively new to the beef industry and depends almost entirely on Holstein bull calves.